Monday, December 5, 2011

Warning of Taliban Return in Afghanistan Is On the Horizon

Afghanistan President, Hamid Karzai, warned the international community on Monday that the Taliban could make its return if immediate action is not taken.

"There has been progress in Afghanistan since the overthrow of the Taliban in the wake of the hijacked plane attacks on the United States," he said.

President Karzai stated that much help is needed in the fight against Terrorism - and the Taliban - but will need at least a decade's worth of committment and assistance by outside military forces, including the United States.

During a conference to discuss the U.S.' role in Afghanistan (and whether we will pull a troops out by 2014), U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton vowed that the United States was "prepared to stand with the Afghan people for the long haul."

Iran's Foreign Minister spoke out against having troops in Afghanistan, and stated that the country should discard any outside foreign military bases.

"We believe that any international or regional initiative to restore peace and security in Afghanistan could only be successful if they discard the presence of foreign military forces and especially ... the founding of foreign military bases in Afghanistan."

I found this statement intriguing, as African Security and the African Command's contributors discuss the U.S.' right to "assist" other countries in times of warfare. Are we westernizing the countries? Or, are we just acting as bullies to show our role as a supreme power?

But, although I feel that we should not interfere in other countries' policies, I do feel the timing is appropriate to "assist" when the welfare of the world rests on our helping partners shoulders. If we all work together, then we can build peace, not just for Afghanistan, but for the international community.

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